Karachi- One person has been killed in an explosion and 8 injured that took place during Friday prayers, outside the Saleh Mosque for Bohra community worshippers.

DIG police Abdul Khaliq Shaikh confirmed that one person is dead, in the blast that took place in the precincts of Arambagh. He added that four people are confirmed injured, of which two are critically injured.

DIG Shaikh said a timed explosive device was planted on a motorcycle. He lauded the police's efforts to secure the mosque, and said heightened security prevented a big attack from taking place. The injured are being rushed for treatment to a nearby private hospital.

Eyewitnesses said, it was a powerful blast that occurred during prayers. Initial investigations reveal explosive material was planted in a motorcycle outside the mosque. Police and rescue officials said they are investigating the nature or the reported explosion, but that security and rescue teams have been dispatched to the site.

Nearby shops and buildings shook and window panes shattered due to the intensity of the blast. Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the scene of the blast. Police officials say that security was heightened as per routine on Friday, as mosques and imambargahs have been under attack in recent months.